Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

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Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

Post by Readypaddle » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:00 am

Hi Folks
My spray deck has developed some wear holes where I have been dragging boats across the deck to empty out the water. Once I have managed to repair the holes with Black Witch I was thinking about then reinforcing around the hole and the likely high wear areas on the rim with Sugru. My plan was to apply the Sugru to the deck whilst it is stretched over a boat. The deck itself is a fairly cheap all neoprene job, so has no other reinforcement at this stage.

Has anybody tried this? Any idea how well Sugru bonds to the neoprene and is it hard enough when set to be effective?

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Re: Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

Post by Chalky723 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:13 pm

Not sure how economical it'll be to use Sugru versus buying a new, reinforced, deck TBH.

I've used Sugru for a few things, not sure how well it'd stick to neoprene though, especially given the stretching & flexing that'll take place....

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Re: Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

Post by Readypaddle » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:48 pm

Thanks for the reply. I wasn't thinking of a ring of Sugru around the whole front half of the cockpit but more of a 10-15cm long strip, mainly non the right side where I normally pull the other boat from.
Your point about the stretching and flexing is a good one, I think it very much depends on how well it bonds to the neoprene. I have not actually used Sugru for any job yet so don't really know what it is like when hardened and used regularly.

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Re: Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

Post by Yew » Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:15 pm

Considering the cost of that much sugru, I wouldn't bother, just black-witch the holes, and put the money towards a new deck in the future Perhaps, a better use of sugru would be covering bolts to stop them leaking.

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Re: Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

Post by damppaddler » Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:29 pm

Sew up the holes and then paint a 10cm strip around the rim with latex

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Re: Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

Post by TechnoEngineer » Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:34 pm

Sugru is not appropriate for this. Liquid Latex is very much so.
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Re: Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

Post by Readypaddle » Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:45 pm

Thanks for the tips on using liquid latex, that does sound like a better solution

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Re: Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

Post by Mark Mulrain » Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:45 pm

Sugru will not stretch enough for this application. Its flexible when it cures, but not too stretchy.

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Re: Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

Post by Simongelder » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:44 pm

Definitely don't use Sugru for this. Neoprene glue and maybe off cuts of neoprene from and old deck or wetsuit would be best. Be patient and take time to do a good repair in stages rather than the whole lot at once.

Sugru has its uses. However, I am finding that the similar sounding Shoo Goo is much better value and has far more uses for miscellaneous repairs to kit. It is good at bridging holes too as it is designed for repairing skateboarders shoes.

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Re: Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

Post by goatboy » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:58 pm

Sugru is ridiculously expensive. I've used it, but had also some success with this stuff:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To- ... ubstitute/

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Re: Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

Post by morsey » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:26 pm

If you put your boat on edge when pulling boats over, you can avoid contact with the deck.

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